Articles Tagged: Hendrick’s

Gin Reviews

Jack Rabbit Gin


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When you think of Utah, you probably think more about the picture below than gin. It can be understood, after all when one thinks about alcohol and drinking, Utah is closer associated with the opposite. Beehive Distilling is doing their best to dispel entirely the notion that Utah and good spirits are opposites. Jack Rabbit Gin is “small batch” and “small scale” featuring local touches (Sage for example) that give it a distinctly regional flavor profile, and floral touches such as rose, which give it a unique and bright flavor with mass appeal potential.

Utah, as I usually picture it.

Tasting Notes

Bright rose hits you right away. Unmissable. But there’s much more happening beneath the surface that keep it from becoming a one-note bomb. Coriander, camphorous juniper and mint background notes, with even lower a touch of orange and citrus in the lows. The rose note immediately draws a comparison to Hendrick’s (), but it really might have out-Hendrick’sed even Hendrick’s with the rose.

The palate surprised me initially, taking an almost left turn. The camphorous mint-like low notes are bright and clear as day on the palate as sage.

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Gin News [October 25th, 2013]

NB Gin Launched this month in Scotland

It seems like the chill in the air is here to stay. Halloween is just around the corner, and so are the holidays. Seems like just yesterday I was basking in the glow of the promise of a summer full of gin and tonics before me. Folks are saying things like “brown spirit season,” and usually this means us gin drinkers become merely a footnote or after thought until summer’s warm tidings beckon us once more. But not this year, Brown spirit season is open and gin drinkers are invited: several new aged gins hit the market in the United States this week, in one of the most exciting launch groups I’ve seen in some time:

What’s New?

II jNB Gin Launched this month in Scotland

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Gin News [October 4th, 2013]

And without further ado, here’s what’s going on in the world of gin this week:

New Product Launches

Who Else Was Talking about Gin this Week?

Gin Reviews from Other Writers

Parting Thought:

“We have never understood the aversion to gin that so often plagues members of our generation.

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Gin Reviews

Hendrick’s [UK version. 41.4%]

hendricks bottle

A peculiar review indeed. But perhaps not for the reasons you might think. We’re taking an opportunity to take a look at an early favorite of the Gin is In’s: Hendrick’s Gin. Really the ultimate in gateway gins. But this time, we’re taking a look at the version of Hendrick’s that you folks in the UK are used to seeing. You see, here in the states Hendrick’s is bottled at 44% or about 88 proof. but in the UK? a full 6 proof points lower. 41.4% or 82.8 proof. Does it actually make a difference? Or has my sentiments on Hendrick’s changed in the last 3 years since my initial review?

Getting down to it: Nose and Taste The nose is heavy on the rose, bright and floral with a hint of alcohol as well. Not something I remember from my initial tastes of even the stronger American version. The taste though is smooth and slow at first, very easy to be drank. But quite, cucumber and neutrality, not much going on. The other flavors accelerate and crash altogether, juniper and earthy angelica, hints of coriander. It fades, leaving a warm alcoholic burn taste in the back of your mouth and a bright hint of floral long after the initial taste.

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Cocktails by Consensus: The Southside

Its summertime, and its time to take a serious look at some cocktails that are appropriate for lounging on the beach. The Southside Cocktail has gotten some serious press lately and seems to be considered part of this summer’s “Cocktail Canon” [right alongside the Gin and Tonic].So I thought it worthwhile to take a look at what people are saying about this drink and how to make the perfect one.

The drink has plenty of exciting origin stories: 1920’s Chicago, dark alleys and prohibition- but the real truth is much less made-for-movies and a likely explanation for why this Hamptons’ favorite is served so frequently on Long Island.

But alas, let me defer to an excellent history on the drink written by Rhett over at “And One More for the Road.”

Leite's CulinariaCockltail ChroniclesBrooklyn GalleyAnd 1 more for the road Gin2 oz.2 oz.2 oz2.5 oz. Lime2 wedges, squeezed Lemon1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)1/2 oz. lemon juice4 lemon wedges Fresh Mint2 sprigs10-12 leaves6 or 7 leaves4-5 mint leaves Club Soda1 splash Simple Syrup1 oz.1 oz. Sugar1 tsp2-3 tsp. InstructionsSqueeze lime into a cocktail glass. Muddle mint with simple syrup and lime; add gin; stir.

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Behind the Bar with Hendrick’s Gin

When that lovely, shining, splendid, peculiar, and delicious gin arrived in my mailbox I was ecstatic. Despite this technological and fast-moving world we live in- where I receive literally HUNDREDS of pieces of mail every day (most of which is electronic and useless)- a package, or even that simply piece of real physical mail with your name on it is a wonderous thing. Its like Santa Claus myth (sorry kids) for adults.  And when its something you want? even better.

Like a kid on Christmas morning I wanted to play with my new gin. How would Hendrick’s hold up to the challenge that I had setup for it:

Fever Tree Bitter Lemon + Hendrick’s Gin + a dash of simple syrup = ?

Setting the Scene: I bought a 4 pack of Fever Tree’s tonic water a while back, but silly me. I didn’t check the package to make sure that all 4 were Tonic Water.  The outside said “4 tonic water,” the inside said “ha-ha! 2 Tonic waters, 1 club soda and 1 bitter lemon, good luck making use of that combination,” and then the voice disappeared into the space between my oven and the cupboards, a space where few souls dare to trade save an occasional mop or dropped candy corn.

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Other Thoughts

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Liquors

As I hinted at yesterday, it’s been a good year for drinking. There’s plenty of fabulous gins out on the shelf at this very moment that would perfect for the gin (or even non-gin) lover in your life.

First, I start with a classic, a gin that I think is perfect for anyone in your life who loves a good drink. Hendrick’s Gin has won “Gin of the year” and has been voted “World’s best Gin” in its ten year history- and with good reason. It has 11 Botanicals, among which are coriander, lemon, sage, juniper, Angelica and Orris root. But what really sets it apart is the cucumber and rose petal infusion which gives it a distinctive aroma. This perfect harmony appeals to even the vodka drinkers in all of our lives. So its okay to give them a nudge in the right direction and give them a bottle of Hendrick’s.  You don’t even need to be told, its definitely okay to give to the gin drinker in your life. Trust me. The Gin is In Review (4.5 / 5) / Hendricks’ Website / The Unusual Times P.S.: Thanks to Lauren for the lovely bottle of the World’s Most Unusual Gin.

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Tonic Water

Review: Q Tonic

q tonic

The first tonic water I’m going to review if the first craft tonic I’d ever tried. Before Q tonic, it was just your standard supermarket brands. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with them, and it’s not as if they don’t have their merits, but Q tonic represented a big change to the game for me. The quality of the gin was no longer the only consideration. How does the tonic work? Is the tonic right for this gin? Is the tonic even good? Let’s begin.

Q tonic began in Brooklyn, NY when Jordan Sillbert (as the oft-repeated story goes) realized to his dismay he was drinking top shelf gin with tonic water with a peeling label that he found in the back of the cooler at his neighborhood bodega. He created Q tonic as an answer to this. Gone is the high fructose corn syrup and in is agave nectar. Real, high quality quinine is used as well. Gone are plastic bottles, in are classy glass bottles. Up, up, up goes the cost.

My first reaction many years ago was that “Q tonic is bitter.” I still think it is, but not in a negative fashion.

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Other Thoughts

The Hot Gin Top 10 Chart

I did something like this a couple of years ago, which was the inspiration for me beginning a gin blog. I thought that nearly 6 months into this endeavor, it was time to update my top 10 and see if and how my tastes have changed. Miller’s starts at #1, and I think it might be very hard to find a gin capable of unseating it. But that does not mean I will not try.

Without further ado, the hot gin top 10 for September 2010…

This Week Last Week Weeks on Chart Name of Gin 1 2 2 Miller’s 2 3 2 Hendrick’s 3 1 *DEBUT* G’vine Nouaison 4 1 2 G’vine Floraison 5 5 2 Bombay Sapphire 6 4 2 Bluecoat Gin 7 8 2 Tanqeray Ten 8 1 *DEBUT* Gabriel Boudier’s Saffron Gin 9 1 *DEBUT* Beefeater Summer 10 1 *DEBUT* New Amsterdam

Dropping off the chart: Citadelle (last week, #6), Tanqueray with Rangpur (last week, #7)

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the Aviation

The classic cocktail revival has brought with it several drinks from the dead. But this is one drink that couldn’t be brought back from the land of ghosts and smoke until Creme De Violette returned to the market. For this small mercy, the gin community thanks Rothmann and Winter.

The drink is a potent blend of gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino, and lemon juice. Usually served martini style, shaken with ice and poured into a martini glass. The aviation’s beauty is its simplicity. A classic gin mixed with a couple strongly flavored liqueurs. It also has a wonderful purple/blue color if you use a clear gin. Though if beauty isn’t your goal, I’m going to make a couple of suggestions that will make you an ugly as sin, but delicious drink.

Recipe by Consensus In this case, I’m not going to rattle off a bunch of recipes, but tell you from experimentation what I think the perfect aviation is.

2 shots of good gin (this drink is nearly all gin, so I wouldn’t advise cheaping out here) 1/3 shot of Maraschino (you could do less if you dislike the strong flavor of it, but I think it adds balance) 1/3 shot of Creme De Violette.

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